I posted a Draft Discussion a while ago, very similar to how this one is formatted, but with the recent rise/fall of prospects and the draft around the corner, it's time to unleash a new beast.
I'll give you guys my opinion of some players I think Ted Thompson should target in the 2011 NFL draft.
And I also wanna hear what you guys have to say. SO COMMENT (And don't be afraid to Rec).
Justin Houston OLB Georgia- 6'3" 270- Looks like an excellent option as a pass rusher opposite Clay Matthews. He weighed in big, 270 lbs, at the combine but still showed the speed and agility necessary to play 3-4 OLB. Houston can flat out make plays, as he had 10 sacks and 18.5 TFLs his senior season. He also recovered 2 fumbles and picked off a pass. I wouldn't have a problem trading up a few spots for him. Draft Preview video below.
Derek Sherrod OT Mississipi State- 6'5" 321- Sherrod is not NFL-ready but is not a project. He will need ample time to learn and improve and could play RT or LT for the Packers for a while. Mockingthedraft has his Report.
Muhammad Wilkerson DT/DE Temple- 6'5" 315- Cullen Jenkins is likely gone, Jolly is headed towards bars and Justin Harrell's career is likely over. We still have some depth at DE but could use a guy who stands above Wilson, Green, Wynn (and we don't know much about Neal) as the starter with Pickett and Raji. MTD Scouting Report.
Brandon Harris CB Miami (FL)- 5'10" 190- Right now, we have one of the better secondaries in the NFL. And that is due in big part to Charles Woodson, who is aging and won't last forever. Some have said Harris is better for Zone coverage, while other have said he's better for Man so it makes sense that he can play both. An All-ACC selection (whom I've seen alot of, living in So. Florida), Harris is the first step towards life after C-Dub. Doesn't look bad in this video.
Others to keep tabs on...
Leonard Hankerson WR Miami (FL)- 6'2" 209
Cameron Heyward DE/DT Ohio St- 6'4" 287
Mark Ingram RB Alabama- 5'10" 215
Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA- 6'3" 254
This pick obviously depends on the 1st round pick.
Allen Bailey DE/DT Miami (FL)- 6'3" 285- Bailey was once considered a 1st round pick, but his stock dropped for some reasons I'm not really sure of. Bailey is still strong and athletic with alot of upside and the ability to play 3-4 end. MTD has his Scouting report.
Ben Ijalana T/G Villanova- 6'4" 317- Ijalana is a raw prospect who hasn't played against top competition, nor received top-tier coaching resulting in poor technique. He has quick and light feet for a big man and is strong. Versatile enough to play either tackle or guard, although tackle would be a bit of a project. MTD has Ijalana's full Report.
Randall Cobb WR/RS Kentucky- 5'10" 191- Our roster is devoid of a solid return man NOT in a starting position. Cobb is a return specialist as well as a very good reciever, possibly the next slot-machine that was Donald Driver. Cobb could return kicks and punts while likely being the 4th receiver (depending on James Jones). MTD Report.
Jabaal Sheard DE/OLB Pitt- 6'3" 264- Sheard is very physically gifted. He has great, almost elite explosiveness off of the line and has speed (4.69) to pursue downfield. Reports such as MTD's say he is best fit for 3-4 OLB. However, Sheard will need to learn how to move his hips to play coverage, and learn how to use his hands to play the run better.
Don't sleep on these solid 2nd round prospects...
Dontay Moch OLB Nevada- 6'2" 248
Davon House CB New Mexico- 6'1" 200
Orlando Franklin T/G Miami (FL)- 6'6" 316
Christian Ballard DE Iowa- 6'3" 283
In these rounds, good GMs dont try to fill needs as much as just get good, high-value football players.
Chimdi Chekwa CB Ohio St- 5'11" 190- Chekwa is a good athlete with a background in track. He ran a 4.38 40 yard dash, suggesting he has elite speed. Chekwa needs to get stronger and more physical as a tackler, and if he can improve in those facets of the game he will be a successful NFL corner.
Tandon Doss WR/KR Indiana- 6'2" 201- Doss isn't only a good reciever, he can run back kicks and punts. We don't have anyone to return kicks, so Doss could do it as a rookie. Driver is declining, he might only have 1 more season in the tank, and James Jones is a FA who could move. Doss would likely be 3rd round.
Clint Boling G/T Georgia- 6'5" 310- Boling was a 4-year starter at Georgia, taking snaps at both tackle and guard, both needs for the Green Bay Packers. NFL-ready with some room to improve.
Kendall Hunter RB Oklahoma St- 5'8" 200- With Jackson likely out, there is a void at 3rdDRB that should be filled. Hunter rushed for 1,548 yards his final season in college, and also collected 20 catches showing his versatility. He has the quickness and wiggle to make people miss in the open field.
Sam Acho DE/OLB Texas- 6'2" 257- Acho won the "Heisman of Academics" in college showing he is very intelligent. On to football, Acho has 23.5 career sacks in 50 games, so it is clear that he has pass rushing potential. If he can improve in the other facets of football, Acho could be a starter in a year or two.
Keep an eye on...
Edmond Gates WR Abilene Christian- 6' 192
Jarvis Jenkins DT/DE Clemson- 6'4" 310
Tyler Sash SS Iowa- 6' 211
Lance Kendricks TE Wisconsin- 6'2" 243
Casey Matthews LB Oregon- 6'1" 231- Matthews is a tough, hard-working football player. He is phenomenal at tackling, its rare to see him miss one. He doesn't have the explosiveness or size that his brother has, but I would like to see us pull the trigger on a guy who will undoubtedly add LB depth and improve spec. teams in the 4th round. And he is Clay's brother.
JaQuizz Rodgers RB Oregon St.- 5'7" 196- Small, quick, scat back with excellent versatility. Rodgers would serve as a 3rdDRB and maybe a returner.
Jospeh Barksdale OT LSU- 6'5" 325- Needs to improve his foot speed, but could develop into a nice RT.
Lee Ziemba T/G Auburn- 6'6" 317- To play in Auburn's offense with the pace they move and the way they run the ball, you must be mobile. Ziemba can move around well if anyone is interested in bringing the screen game back to prominence.
Nate Irving ILB NC St- 6'1" 240- 20.5 tackles for loss last season for the All-ACC performer.
Pat Devlin QB Delaware- 6'3" 225- Flynn will get a starter-money contract in free agency next season. Rodgers got 2 concussions last season. I like Devlin's mix of arm strength, accuracy, and mobility. Thompson might, too.
Cecil Shorts III WR/RS Mount Union- 6' 205- Solid receiver, better returner.
Let's just look for guys with chances to stick on the roster.
Dane Sanzenbacher WR Ohio State- 5'11" 182- I think Sanzenbacher would be of great value in the 6th round. He isn't very fast for his size (5'11 185), but is quick ( Top combine performer in the shuttle) and his route-running and catching ability make up for his average speed.
Jeff Maehl WR Oregon- 6'1" 190- O'brien and Stroh can argue on this one. Maehl surprised many by finishing 1st at the combine among WRs in the 60-yard shuttle (10.88) and the 3-cone drill (6.42). Not alot of speed (4.56) but his quickness and college production makes him intriguing.
DeMarcus Van Dyke CB Miami (FL)- 6'1" 176- Ultra fast (4.25) corners from Miami work well for us (Sam Shields).
Justin Rogers CB/RS Richmond- 5'11" 180- Athletic and versatile corner.
Andrew Jackson OG Fresno State- add depth to the O-line.
Noel Devine RB West Virginia- We have no quick backs on the roster. We also have no legit, consistent returner. Devine has been returning kicks since he was a freshman (averaged 23.2 yards per return).
I obviously didn't list every possiblilty, but these are just guys that I think are good, high-value players and would fit well in our organization.
You guys have heard enough of me. Let me hear what you have to say. Who are the valuable prospects Ted should be targeting? What prospects should fans "keep tabs on"?